Jerry Morris

Jerry Morris

June 11, 1953 – May 2, 2021

 Jerry Morris, age 67, was born to Louis and Dorothy (Fox) in Clarks, Nebraska in 1953.  He attended Clarks Public Schools and graduated in 1971.  Jerry was united in marriage to Mary (Konz) in 1973 and together they raised four children: Nathan, Troy, Shawn, and Alecia. They made their home near Central City, Nebraska where Jerry farmed corn, soybeans, and raised cattle.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting, polka music, and spending time with family and friends.  Jerry retired from farming and moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 2002. 

Jerry married Melodae Lane (Smith) in 2008.  They enjoyed dancing together, gardening, weekend trips to historical places, and visiting family.  In recent years, he liked working on TV jumble puzzles, doodling, and reading.  Jerry still liked to golf with his sons and friends whenever he had the opportunity.  He took pride in his family, being a loving, caring husband and taking care of his home and yard.  And, of course, Jerry loved watching the Huskers play football.

For a time, Jerry worked for Prince of the Road driving a wheelchair van. Jerry cared deeply for the amazing people he picked up every day and transported to their appointments.  He was loved by these people and they treated him like family.  Jerry also worked for Casey’s for several years and enjoyed his co-workers and serving customers.  Most recently, he was employed as a courier by FedEx Office traveling each workday in Omaha and to Lincoln, Nebraska.  You will note the recurring theme, that Jerry was loved by his co-workers for his friendliness and enduring smile.  He loved them too, garnering a great amount of energy from them.  Jerry received satisfaction from his work and being productive.

Everyone who knew him can attest to the fact that he was happy and enjoyed life.  Many friends will remember his laugh as being genuine and unique.  Jerry had a warm heart, was very kind, and could always be counted on to tell a good joke or story.  He was also a great cook and loved to bake bread.  In his final days fighting glioblastoma brain cancer, the caregivers often commented on Jerry’s beautiful eyes and handsome looks; and that he could still make those around him laugh with his wit and charm.  He will be missed so much and would want others to be comforted by the fact that he knew that heaven would be his next great adventure in spiritual life.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Melodae; children: Nathan (Rachel Kalbeitzer), Troy, Shawn (Marcie), Alecia (Jason Hartwig), Dallas Lane (Mandy), Valerie Holzer (Ryan); grandchildren: Declan Morris, Evelyn Morris, Bladen Morris, Ava Martin, Caleb Martin, Mylee Morris, Mara Hartwig, Amelia Hartwig, Griffin Hartwig, Kaylee Lane, Cameron Holzer, Delaney Holzer; special friends-of-the-family, Amy Farrin and Vincent Farrin; siblings: Dale Morris (Nona), Erma Grosch, David Morris (Donna), Connie Ziemba (Mike), and Terry Morris (Teresa); stepfather, Willard Smith; stepmother, Dianne Smith numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Friday, May 21st from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel followed by the CELEBRATION OF LIFE. at 11am.

To view a live broadcast of the Celebration of Life Service, please go to and click on the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.


  • Nancy Dubas-Van Dyle Posted May 6, 2021 9:08 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I used to babysit for him and Mary many years ago. Deepest sympathies…

  • Linda Ksiazek Posted May 7, 2021 8:06 am

    My condolences to Jerry’s family.

  • John S Manna Posted May 7, 2021 10:09 am

    So sorry. We knew he was a great grandpa to his grandkids and a wonderful father and father in law. Loved by all. Respectfully. John and Carol Manna.

  • Mark and Ann Holzer Posted May 21, 2021 4:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sorry we couldn’t make it to the funeral. We thought about you all day today and hoping that the memories you had with Jerry were held tight to your heart today so it wasn’t so broken.

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